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BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
FOR THE CHRONICLE
The commercials of underprivileged children shown
on TV oftentimes lead people to ask how are the children
able to survive such poverty and who is helping them
improve their lives.
To help answer these questions and more. Union
Baptist Church hosted The Compassion Experience. The
Compassion Experience allows individuals to undergo a
journey into the lives of children in underdeveloped coun
tries. The stories of these children are true. The children
were all assisted by Compassion International and have
become productive adults in their communities and
Compassion International brings children in Third
World countries together with sponsors looking to help
them improve their situations. Compassion International
is unique in the fact that the child and sponsor are able to
communicate with one another through letters and even
has an application on cell phones to allow sponsors to send
messages to the children.
Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr. connected with his friends
in Global United Fellowship to bring the Compassion
Experience to Union Baptist for those who are curious
about Missionary work but are not able to travel abroad.
"It allows us to fulfill the Great Commission of
Christ," said Youth Director Kia Hood, who helped coor
dinate the event. "One of the missions of this church is
that we really believe in evangelism and church is not sup
posed to be a place where we only gather together on
Sundays, but it should also be about reaching out locally
and globally." Hood went on to say she wants people to be
grateful for what they have and realize that other people
have it worse off than they do.
According to Hood, Mack visited the country of
Ecuador and really wanted others to experience what he
saw while there.
Those who walked through the Compassion
Experience were touched as well.
Freddie Marshall of Winston-Salem said, "My wife
and I found it very informative and it also helped us to
identify with the plight of children around the world.
What was so impressive is you don't have to be rich to
touch a life, and we talk a lot about legacy and philanthro
py. I don't see any better way to start than to just touch a
Marshall and his wife, Azariea, also stated they will be
sponsoring a child after going through the experience.
Hood stated they expected over 3,000 people to come.
She said for those who cannot sponsor a child, she wants
them to have joy for what they do have.
Photo by Timothy Ramsey
Union Baptist displays dresses on Thursday, April,
28, that will be donated to Third World countries.
pillowcase dresses made
for Third World countries
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
FOR THE CHRONICLE
Many churches donate
clothing to the needy all the
time. However, Union
Baptist Church on North
Trade Street has found a
unique way to make an
impact in the lives of
The missionaries of
Union Baptist decided to
make dresses out of pillow
cases for young girls of
Third World countries and
The church chose to
take on this task after
attending a Lott Carey
Convention and receiving a
challenge from lead, pastor
Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr.
to find a project while there
and bring it back to the
According to church
member Helen Harris, she
connected with the Women
in Service Everywhere
(WJ.SE), part of the Lott
Carey Convention, because
they have been making the
pillowcase dresses to send
overseas for years.
W.I.SE. initially started
sending dresses to Haiti
after the devastating earth
quake of 2010. The dresses
are going to be delivered to
children in Haiti, Kenya,
and the Sudan, and the total
number looks to exceed
"We are just glad that
we can be a blessing to
those who are a blessing to
us," said Harris. "The Lord
said suffer little children to
come unto me and to clothe
the naked, so we are just
doing the commandment of
God. And the pastor is
behind us 100 percent."
Harris went on to say,
"We want them to feel
motivated and empowered
to have something new. We
also .want them to feel safe
in their environment by
Members of the church
donated the pillowcases for
the missionaries to sew and
donated undergarments for
the young girls to wear
along with the dresses.
"We are blessed to have
a pastor who believes in
helping," said Minister
DeniseWade. "He belidves
that if you're not a church
that reaches out to others
you don't really have a pur
pose. He has actually gone
to a Third World country
and seen the devastation
and substandard homes, so
he had a heart to help."
The missionaries have
been working on the dress
es since March and once
their goal of 300 or more is
met, they will be sending
them to the communities in
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